Re "Justice system under budgetary assault" (Viewpoints, Feb. 19): It is understandable that Brian Kabateck, president of Consumer Attorneys of California, bemoans budget cuts for the courts. Yet when cuts are proposed for health care, education and other beneficial services, the heartfelt protests are much more persuasive. They come from the grassroots, not just professional spokesmen.
Ask yourself if you know anyone who has been touched by the judicial system who is better off for the experience. Until the judiciary ceases being dysfunctional, it can expect little real public support.
-- Laurance S. Smith, Sacramento